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Kansas Gov. Brownback signs $15.6 billion state budget


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Sunday signed a state budget for the next two years that will use a $1.2 billion income tax increase to fund government and schools, although he says it includes "excessive spending."

Brownback signed the $15.6 billion budget bill on Sunday but complained that it unnecessarily increased spending in several areas.

"I am signing the budget, despite my concerns about excessive spending, to avoid a break in core functions of government and to provide state workers with well-deserved pay increases," Brownback said.

The budget will provide raises...

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